Napoli boss Gennaro Gattuso took a rather modest view of his side’s performance following their 6-0 thrashing of Fiorentina on Sunday.
Gennaro Gattuso insists the scoreline was not a reflection of his side’s performance against Fiorentina.
In an early fixture, the Partenopei were too much for their opponents and clinical to a fault at the Stadio Maradona.
Lorenzo Insigne was the star of the day with two goals and an assist to his name. Goals from Demme, Lozano, Zielinski, and Piolitano wrapped up a convincing win for Gattuso and the company.
Regardless of the scoreline, the Napoli boss insisted that the game wasn’t as ‘easy’ as it seemed.
“It looked like an easy game, but it was not easy. [David] Ospina made a great save when we were one goal up,” Gattuso said as per Sky Sport Italia.
“The turning point was [Lorenzo] Insigne’s assist, they lost some wickedness after that. We converted every opportunity we created. We conceded some goal chances, but it was a great performance. We’ll need another one like this on Wednesday.”
“It’s not easy to remain focused when you win 4-0 at half time. That’s why I raised my voice in the second half. We made so many mistakes in home games this season, we’ve reached Roma in the table, we cared so much about this game.”
Two days prior to the game, Gattuso took the Napoli players for lunch and explained the reason behind that decision.
“It’s something I decided because I felt it inside, I saw the guys were tired mentally and it was right to have a plate of pasta and a glass of wine altogether and reassure them.”
“It was said I was angry with the team and the team was angry with me. You’ve played football and you know sometimes there could be tension.”
“It’s a big honour for me to coach these players, I know the relationship I have with these lads, regardless from the stories someone tells.”
With the victory, Gattuso and Napoli are temporarily up to third place in Serie A. However, they could lose that spot following the completion of other games still to be played on Sunday.